Hardware Store Scenario

You have recently moved to a new job. You are now responsible for health and safety at a large, busy retail store that is located on the outskirts of a large town served by good roads. The store sells do-it-yourself (DIY) and hardware goods, such as tools, equipment, and hazardous chemicals, to the local businesses … Read more

Waterfront Cinema Scenario

Waterfront Cinema is located on a busy leisure park and has eight projection screens. The Cinema’s workforce is made up of a manager, two team leaders and 20 other workers. Many of the workers are young people who work on a temporary contract during evenings and weekends. Waterfront Cinema was previously independently owned and run. … Read more

Scientific Research Organisation Scenario

A scientific research organisation employs 150 people, most of them are scientists or technicians. The remainder of the staff work in finance, human resources (HR), marketing and communications functions. Most of the senior leadership team and line managers are scientists. The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) set the organisation up about 10 years ago and quickly … Read more

Vehicles and transport (Transcript)

‘Workplace transport’ refers to any vehicle or piece of mobile equipment, used in any work setting, apart from travelling on public roads. Most transport-related accidents involve being: hit or run over by moving vehicles; falling from vehicles; struck by objects falling from vehicles (usually part of the load); or injured as a result of vehicles … Read more

Workplace temperature (Transcript)

The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations state that: “During working hours, the temperature in all workplaces inside buildings shall be reasonable.” What is reasonable depends on the nature of the workplace. The expectation in an office will be different than in a warehouse. The Approved Code of Practice to the regulations states that: “The … Read more

Hazardous Substances (Transcript)

The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (CoSHH) Regulations requires the management of risks associated with substances in use or otherwise affecting the workplace if they are deemed to be ‘hazardous to health’. CoSHH doesn’t cover lead, asbestos or radioactive substances because these have their own specific regulations. What is a hazardous substance? Hazardous substances … Read more

Cheese Maker Scenario

You are a shift supervisor working for an organisation that makes specialist cheeses.  The cheese is sold to workers and the public from a small on-site shop.  The cheese is also distributed and sold through independent retailers and a large supermarket chain.  The cheese manufacturing site where you work is in a small village, employs … Read more

Substance misuse at work (Transcript)

The misuse of drugs (illegal, prescription, or industrial substances such as solvents) and alcohol can damage individual health and cause difficulties for employers because of increased absenteeism and reduced productivity. The approach to tackling workplace problems with drugs and/or alcohol involves : A clear policy (introduced after consultation with the workforce); Screening; and Support and/or … Read more